Deputy Jackie Cahill condemns the closure of Garda Stations in Tipperary in Dail debate with Minister for Justice.
Deputy Jackie Cahill, in an oral question in the Dail, has called on the Minister for Justice to make a proper assessment of the impact of the closure of Garda Stations in Tipperary since 2011. Since 2011 the Garda Stations at New Inn, Grangemockler, Moyne, Rearcross, Holycross, Littleton and Emly have been shut down. In responding to the Minister, Cahill said, it was a poor state of affairs in rural Ireland when people are living in fear in their homes. We have a situation when you call to a persons home, they will answer you through the window rather than opening the door, and this is not acceptable.
In a statement, Cahill said, that crime and the fear of crime is changing the very nature of our society, and until such time as Garda numbers are increased and some of the rural garda stations that have closed are reopened then this situation is not going to change.
“There is an area of County Tipperary, from Nenagh to Tipperary Town that there is absolutely no Garda presence, and this is offering opportunity for criminal activity. The 2 main motor ways criss crossing our county are offering easy access for mobile criminals, and extra Garda presence on the ground is the only way to counteract this”.